Two Sandites headed to NCAA Softball Super Regionals, and other alumni updates

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The No. 13 ranked Oklahoma State University Cowgirl Softball team (42-14) won its first Regional Championship since 2011 Saturday afternoon, squeezing out a 2-1 come-from-behind Finals win over No. 25 Tulsa (37-20). The Pokes also won 3-1 against the West Coast Conference Champions from BYU (30-26) and beat Tulsa 13-10 in their first meeting of the tournament.

The Cowgirl roster includes two former Sand Springs standouts in sophomore Sydney Pennington and senior Mallory Goodman.

Pennington played third base throughout the three-game tournament, recording two put outs and eight assists. At the plate she was 2-of-10 with 2 runs and 1 RBI, hitting a solo homer in the top of the second inning in the first game against Tulsa. 

Pennington is .250 on the season with 30 runs, 42 hits, 7 doubles, 1 triple, 10 homers, 33 RBI, a .482 slugging average, .314 on-base-percentage, and a .948 fielding average. In her career she’s .277 with 57 runs, 102 hits, 18 doubles, 1 triple, 17 homers, and 76 RBI.

Goodman hasn’t seen any action this season, but she’s .241 in her career with 17 runs, 28 hits, 5 doubles, 3 homers, a .362 slugging average, and .343 on-base-percentage.

The Pokes will return to action Thursday and Friday against the defending National Champions from No. 4 Florida State (54-8) at the Tallahassee Super Regional. Game times are 6:00 p.m. CT Thursday, 2:00 p.m. CT Friday, and 11:00 a.m. CT Saturday (if necessary). Thursday and Saturday’s games will be on ESPN and Friday’s game will be on ESPN2.

Other softball news…

Central Christian College senior Breanna Bill batted .271 this season with a .388 slugging average, 23 runs, 35 hits, 4 doubles, 4 triples, 1 home run, 11 RBI, and 8 sacrifices. The Tigers went 16-38 overall and 8-28 in the SAC.

1983 grad Randall King led the Broken Arrow High School Slow Pitch Softball team to a 23-9 record, Class 6A No. 5 ranking, and State Tournament appearance.

2011 grad Joely Rogers finished her first season as Pitching Coach at Coffeyville Community College, helping the Ravens to a 7-34 record.

Sophomore Jessica Collins batted .284 with a .327 on-base percentage, .561 slugging average, 32 runs, 42 hits, 5 doubles, 12 home runs, and 33 RBI at Connors State College as the Cowgirls went 16-31 overall and 11-22 in conference. She went 1-5 on the mound, throwing 5 strikeouts in 34 innings with a 9.34 ERA and .948 fielding percentage.

Northeastern State University went 28-27 overall and 14-12 in conference. Junior Jessica Schuler batted .297 with 29 runs, 47 hits, 33 RBI, 14 doubles, 5 homers, a .481 slugging average, .386 on-base percentage, and a .991 fielding percentage.

Junior Kennedy “Goose” Salyers finished the season .234 at the plate with 5 runs, 11 hits, 1 double, 1 RBI, a .255 slugging average, and a .250 on-base percentage at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The Savage Storm went 29-28 overall and 25-19 in conference.

Baseball

Rhett Rutledge is playing NCAA Division I baseball at Florida International University in his junior year, following a two-year stent at Northern Oklahoma College. He currently owns a .250 batting average and .300 slugging average on the season with five hits, seven runs, and one RBI, with a .905 fielding percentage. The Panthers are 22-29 overall and will return to action Thursday with a three-day three-game home series against Louisiana Tech.

Sophomores Mack Thompson and Treyce Tolbert saw action on a 24-22 Rose State College baseball team, the school’s best record since 2013. Thompson ended the season with a .879 fielding percentage, .337 batting average, .413 on-base percentage, and .402 slugging average, recording 31 hits, 6 doubles, 20 runs, and 16 RBI. Tolbert finished with a .909 fielding percentage, .297 batting average, .360 on-base percentage, and .436 slugging average, with 30 hits, 12 doubles, 1 triple, 17 runs, and 19 RBI.

Berryhill grad and native Sandite Jacob Bailey is seeing reduced duty with the Seminole State baseball team. He is 1-0 on the mound in 3.2 innings pitched with a 0.0 ERA and 6 strikeouts. Last season he was 6-1 for a 4.14 ERA. Seminole went 39-14 this season.

University of Oklahoma sophomore Jake Terry has pitched two innings this season and thrown one strikeout. His career ERA stands at 7.53. The Sooners are 31-20 overall and 9-12 in Big 12 action. They will play a three-game Red River Rivalry series this week to conclude the regular season.

CPHS Class of 1981 grad Mike Moore is Head Baseball Coach at Jay High School, and recently wrapped up the season with an 18-14 record.

Basketball

University of Central Oklahoma freshman Colt Savage scored 84 points with 25 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals for the Men’s Basketball team this past season, helping the Broncos to an 11-17 record. He shot 55.6% on field goals, 50% on three-pointers, and 90% on free throws.

Football

Sophomore Jacob Taber and the Fort Hays State University football team earned their second-straight MIAA Conference Title with a 9-3 overall record and 6-0 undefeated performance on their home turf. Taber played in all twelve games, recording 4 total tackles.

Jerry Lyons didn’t see any action his freshman year at Southwestern College football, but the Moundbuilders finished the season 6-5 overall and 5-5 in conference.

Payton Scott took a redshirt his freshman year at the University of Central Oklahoma, but the football team went 8-4 overall, 7-4 in conference, and won the Heart of Texas Bowl.

Golf

University of Denver golfer Carson Griggs cracked the starting lineup this season as a true freshman and helped his team to a Summit League Conference Championship with a sixth place finish out of 44 golfers. The Pioneers concluded their season Wednesday with a 12th place finish at the NCAA Stanford Regional.

Griggs placed 54th out of 96 at the Ram Masters Invitational, helping his team to a 4th place finish. He was first on his team and 13th out of 100 at the William H. Tucker Invitational. He was second on his team and 31st of 84 at the Bayou City Collegiate Tournament. He placed 30th of 90 at the Ping Cougar Classic, 67th of 75 at Regionals, 68th of 72 at the Paintbrush Invitational, 84th of 112 at the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational, and 101st of 120 at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate Classic. 

Rowing

University of Oklahoma senior Hannah Hammond was named to the Academic All-Big 12 Rowing Team.

Soccer

1991 grad Roger Bush led the Oral Roberts University Women to an 8-12 record. Junior Brooklyn Eardley played eight games and recorded one assist.

1999 grad Ryan Bush led the Oral Roberts University Men to a 6-7-3 record.

2012 grad Tyler McIntosh led the Midwest City Boys to a 2-12 record.

2010 grad Aaron McIntosh led the Mingo Valley Boys to a Heartland Christian Athletic Association Conference Championship in his first year as Head Coach.

Junior Kayla Foster played seven games this past season at Missouri University of Science and Technology, scoring one goal and one assist. The Miners went 4-11-1 overall and 3-9-1 in conference.

Megan Deshazo (sophomore) and Emma Peak (freshman) helped the Northern Oklahoma College (Tonkawa) team to an 8-7-1 overall record and 7-5-1 conference performance this season. Deshazo was named Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year and made the NJCAA All-Region team, leading the team in total scoring with eight goals and three assists. Deshazo is signed to play for Southwestern Christian University next season. Peak scored one goal and two assists.

Oklahoma City University freshman Abigail Banks only got to play one game this season, due to sharing the lineup with an All-Conference goalie. The Stars went 11-3-2 overall and 6-1-1 for second in conference.

Redlands Community College and sophomore Brooklyn Turner went 9-6-2 this season. Turner saw action in twelve games.

Tennis

Assistant Coach Peter McCorkle (C/o 2005) helped the Oral Roberts men’s team to a 6-12

Track and Field

Colby Community College freshman Ian Baustert finished 27th in the 800 meter run at the NJCAA Region VI Track Championships with a time of 2:09.10 last week. Earlier this season he set 4:28.77 PR in the 1500.

Grand Canyon University sophomore Cheyenne Walden finished the season 6th in the 3K Steeplechase in 11:12.13 and 23rd in the 5K run in 18:47.24 at the Western Athletic Conference Championships. Over the course of the season she set PRs of 4:45.56 in the 1500 run, 5:22.13 in the one-mile, 10:17.49 in the 3k, 17:10.40 in the 5K, and 10:54.11 in the 3K Steeple. She also won the NAU Friday Night Duals one-mile run in the season-opener, placed second in the 3K Steeple at the Aztec Invitational, and broke the school’s 5K record.

Volleyball

Kansas State sophomore Gloria Mutiri had a remarkable season this past fall, earning a multitude of accolades. She was twice named the Big 12 Rookie of the Week, made the All-Big 12 Rookie Team, and was a second team All-Big 12 selection. The American Volleyball Coaches Association selected her for the All-Midwest Region First Team, named her Midwest Freshman of the Year, and gave her an All-American Honorable Mention.

Mutiri finished the season with 271 kills, 3 assists, 15 aces, 192 digs, and 67 blocks in 98 sets. The Wildcats went 15-12 overall and 5-11 in Big 12 action. They will be taking a nine-day trip to Brazil later this month to play a series of exhibition matches in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

Labette freshman Kylie Taylor recorded 2 assists, 2 aces, and 44 digs in 34 sets, helping the Cardinals to an 8-22 record.

Wrestling

Oklahoma State redshirt freshman Daton Fix won the first 26 matches of his career and went 35-2 overall this season, picking up titles at the Oklahoma City Open, the Reno Tournament of Champions, the Southern Scuffle, and the Big 12 Conference Tournament. His only losses came to All-Americans and he placed second at the NCAA Tournament.

UCO redshirt junior Cody Karstetter went 1-0 in his debut season with the Bronchos, winning an 8-3 decision in a dual with Fort Hays State.

CPHS Track and Field: Sandites crown 2 Regional Champions, qualify 8 for State

The Charles Page High School boys’ track and field team took third place at the 6A Regional meet in Ponca City Saturday, crowning two Champions with eleven top-six finishes. Eight total Sandites punched their tickets to the State Championship this coming weekend in Moore.

Oral Roberts University-signed senior Mitchell Mefford won the Discus Throw with a personal-record 159 feet and one inch. He also had a PR in Shot Put at 41’10.50 for seventh place. The State Discus competition will be held Saturday at 10:00 a.m.

Air Force Academy-signee Aden Baughman won the 800-meter run for the third-straight year in 1:58.63 and was runner-up in the 400 with a PR time of 50.13 seconds. He settled for fifth in the 800 at last year’s State meet after winning gold the prior season. This is his first time qualifying in the 400. The 400 prelims will be Friday at 2:15 with the finals held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The 800 race will be Saturday at 12:20 p.m.

Baughman also qualified in the 4x400 relay alongside Jaelyn Jackson, Joseph Mattison, and Nelson Yazzie. They placed second in 3:31.54, the school’s best time since at least 2004. The 1600 relay will be the final event at State, Saturday at 3:10 p.m.

Baughman, Jackson, Yazzie, and Savannah College of Art and Design-signee Jake Smith qualified in the 4x800 relay with a third place finish in 8:18.51, their best time of the season. Last year they placed sixth at State after winning Regionals. The 3200 relay will be held Friday at 12:40 p.m.

Joel Mackey came in Runner-Up twice in the 100-meter dash. He finished the prelims in 11.11 seconds and the finals in a season-best 10.82. He also placed third in the 200-meter finals with a season-best 21.90. Last season he placed ninth at State in the 100 and tenth in the 200. He will run the 100 prelims Friday at 1:55 p.m. and the 200 at 3:25 p.m. The 100 finals will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m., followed by the 200 at 2:20 p.m.

Mackenzie Rader placed seventh in the 100-meter hurdle prelims, then improved to fourth in the finals with a career-best time of 17.07 seconds to qualify for the State meet. The State prelims will be held Friday at 1:35 p.m., with the finals Saturday at 12:40 p.m.

Davina Green ran a PR 29.72 in the 200, Chezney Kelley ran a PR 6:37.26 in the 1600, and Rader tied her PR High Jump at 4’10.00” for fifth place. Elizabeth Watts had her best performance in a year in the 100 hurdles, finishing sixth in the prelims in 17.91.

Alex Newport ran a PR 45.88 in the 300 hurdles, Morgan Lockhart ran a PR 24.34 in the 200 dash, and Noah Hanlon ran a PR 11:38.07 in the 3200. All three 1600 runners set PRs. Smith finished in 4:39.94, Danny Murray finished in 4:52.23, and Caleb James finished in 5:19.86. Sam Keiper set a PR distance of 98’06.50” in discus and 29’01.50” in Shot Put.

The boys voided the High Jump, Pole Vault, and 4x200 relay, and placed fifth in the 4x100. The Lady Sandites voided the 800 run, Pole Vault, 4x100, and 4x200. They placed fifth in the 4x400 and sixth in the 4x800 with their fastest time of the year, and placed eighth out of eight teams overall at Regionals.

Sandite Results
4x100 - 5th - 44.72
4x400 - 2nd - 3:31.54
4x800 - 3rd - 8:18.51
110 Hurdles - Prelims
5th - Matt Wilkerson - 18.08
10th - Alex Newport - 19.43
110 Hurdles - Finals
7th - Matt Wilkerson - 18.00
100 Dash - Prelims
300 Hurdles
10th - Alex Newport - 45.88
11th - Matt Wilkerson - 48.79
2nd - Joel Mackey - 11.11
16th - Morgan Lockhart - 12.05
100 Dash - Finals
2nd - Joel Mackey - 10.82
200 Dash - Prelims
4th - Joel Mackey - 22.24
16th - Morgan Lockhart - 24.34
20th - Dalton Wilcox - 26.62
200 Dash - Finals
3rd - Joel Mackey - 21.90
400 Dash
2nd - Aden Baughman - 50.13
7th - Jaelyn Jackson - 52.60
11th - Joseph Mattison - 53.74
800 Run
1st - Aden Baughman - 1:58.63
13th - Alejandro Lopez - 2:13.50
15th - Sam English - 2:16.38
1600 Run
6th - Jacob Smith - 4:39.94
9th - Danny Murray - 4:52.23
15th - Caleb James - 5:19.86
3200 Run
12th - Caleb James - 11:31.46
14th - Noah Hanlon - 11:38.07
Long Jump
10th - Alejandro Lopez - 17’11.00”
Shot Put
7th - Mitchell Mefford - 41’10.50”
11th - Riley Magee - 37’09.00”
16th - Sam Keiper - 29’01.50”
Discus Throw
1st - Mitchell Mefford - 159’01.00”
8th - Riley Magee - 119’05.50”
12th - Sam Keiper - 98’06.50”

Boys Team Scores
225 Broken Arrow
97 Midwest City
75 Sand Springs
67 Shawnee
60 Stillwater
55 Ponca City
43 Enid
26 Putnam City West

Boys Champions
4x100 - Broken Arrow - 41.45
4x200 - Broken Arrow - 1:26.19
4x400 - Broken Arrow - 3:23.34
4x800 - Shawnee - 8:13.29
110H - Luis Abad - 15.10
300H - Luis Abad - 40.84
100M - Kevin Jackson - 10.71
200M - Kalope Morris - 21.80
400M - Logan Matthews - 49.75
800M - Aden Baughman - 1:58.63
1600M - Andres Chapa - 4:30.71
3200M - Kyler Clark - 9:55.38
High Jump - Wyatt Thiel - 6’00.00”
Pole Vault - Brandon Hanoch - 15’00.00”
Long Jump - Tramon Jackson - 21’09.00”
Shot Put - Elijah Manuel - 52’06.00”
Discus Throw - Mitchell Mefford - 159’01.00”

Lady Sandite Results
4x400 - 5th - 5:01.34
4x800 - 6th - 11:48.70
100 Hurdles - Prelims
6th - Elizabeth Watts - 17.91
7th - Mackenzie Rader - 17.99
100 Hurdles - Finals
4th - Mackenzie Rader - 17.07
7th - Elizabeth Watts - 18.00
300 Hurdles
10th - Elizabeth Watts - 54.52
100 Dash - Prelims
12th - Davina Green - 14.58
14th - Kristen Fields - 16.21
200 Dash - Prelims
14th - Davina Green - 29.72
19th - Kristen Fields - 34.07
400 Dash
13th - Victoria Baker - 1:16.78
15th - Erika Baker - 1:20.07
1600 Run
15th - Sara Abbet - 6:31.38
18th - Chezney Kelley - 6:37.26
3200 Run
10th - Erika Baker - 13:53.96
High Jump
5th - Mackenzie Rader - 4’10.00”
Long Jump
10th - Mackenzie Rader - 14’08.25”
13th - Jazmin Lopez - 11’03.75”
Shot Put
10th - Ayden Meade - 24’00.25”
Discus Throw
7th - Ayden Meade - 82’08.00”

Girls Team Scores
224 Broken Arrow
127 Midwest City
82 Putnam City West
78 Stillwater
53 Enid
41 Shawnee
26 Ponca City
12 Sand Springs

Girls Champions
4x100 - Broken Arrow - 48.47
4x200 - Midwest City - 1:40.92
4x400 - Broken Arrow - 3:59.17
4x800 - Broken Arrow - 10:16.57
100H - Trinity Wisby - 15.53
300H - Brianna Hays - 45.47
100M - Deniyah Smith - 12.47
200M - Deniyah Smith - 25.05
400M - Kanisius Harding - 58.13
800M - Brianna Hays - 2:17.61
1600M - Payton Hinkle - 5:36.07
3200M - Payton Hinkle - 12:04.67
High Jump - Miranda Givens - 5’04.00”
Pole Vault - Shelbi Day - 10’06.00”
Long Jump - India Morgan - 18’08.75”
Shot Put - Elainea Manuel - 36’05.50”
Discus Throw - Kelsi Seiger - 113’00.00”

CPHS Track: Aden Baughman wins Frontier Valley Conference Championship

The Charles Page High School boys’ track and field team took eighth place at the Frontier Valley Conference Championship Thursday at Union with one individual champion.

U.S. Air Force-signee Aden Baughman won his second conference title and seventh gold medal of the season with a 2:00.99 finish in the 800-meter run.

Mitchell Mefford placed second in discus with a distance of 143’02.5”, less than two feet behind the champion. Joel Mackey placed third in the 100-meter dash in 11.11 seconds and fourth in the 200 in 22.7. Titus Wright set a PR of 1:02.91 in the 400.

The boys' relay teams placed fifth in the 4x100, fifth in the 4x400, and sixth in the 4x800.

The Lady Sandites placed tenth, but avoided going scoreless thanks to Mackenzie Rader.

Rader had a great day all around. She placed fifth in the 100 hurdles in 17.52 and set personal records in two other events with a high jump of 4’10” and a long jump of 15’10.5”. Jazmin Lopez had a PR long jump of 12’05.25” and a PR 800 run in 2:58.53.

The top three teams were the same in both men and women’s competition. Broken Arrow won both titles, Union came in runner-up, and Jenks placed third in both. Booker T. Washington placed fourth in men’s and seventh in women’s during their first season in the FVC.

Sand Springs will return to action Saturday, May 4th at the OSSAA 6A Regional Championship at Ponca City High School against Broken Arrow, Enid, Midwest City, Ponca City, Putnam City West, Shawnee, and Stillwater. Events are set to begin at 9:30 a.m.

Sandite Results
4x100 Relay - 5th Place - 44.54
4x400 Relay - 5th Place - 3:32.26
4x800 Relay - 6th Place - 8:55.67
110 Hurdles
10th - Matt Wilkerson - 18.49
12th - Alex Newport - 19.35
13th - Knox Goggins - 20.43
300 Hurdles
14th - Alex Newport - 46.99
17th - Knox Goggins - 54.03
18th - David Rigsby - 58.90
100 Dash
3rd - Joel Mackey - 11.11
12th - Joseph Mattison - 11.92
19th - Morgan Lockhart - 12.17
200 Dash
4th - Joel Mackey - 22.70
20th - Morgan Lockhart - 25.43
24th - Daren Hawkins - 27.30
400 Dash
20th - Dalton Wilcox - 59.91
21st - Titus Wright - 1:02.91
800 Run
1st - Aden Baughman - 2:00.99
1600 Run
8th - Jacob Smith - 4:48.95
16th - Danny Murray - 4:59.99
Long Jump
20th - Knox Goggins - 14’08.50”
21st - Justin Guynn - 13’03.00”
Shot Put
15th - Mitchell Mefford - 40’05.00”
Discus Throw
2nd - Mitchell Mefford - 143’02.50”
7th - Riley Magee - 131’09.00”

Male Champions
4x100 Relay - Broken Arrow - 41.77
4x200 Relay - Union - 1:26.70
4x400 Relay - Broken Arrow - 3:24.13
4x800 Relay - Bartlesville - 8:13.03
110 Hurdles - Luis Abad - 15.41
300 Hurdles - Henry Falls - 40.07
100 Dash - AJ Green - 10.83
200 Dash - AJ Green - 21.90
400 Dash - Gentry Williams - 47.91
800 Run - Aden Baughman - 2:00.99
1600 Run - Hudson Mazzei - 4:38.92
3200 Run - Andres Chapa - 10:13.72
High Jump - Jack Jansen - 6’02.00”
Long Jump - Brennan Presley - 22’06.50”
Pole Vault - Brandon Hanoch - 15’03.00”
Shot Put - Hunter Wright - 52’06.00”
Discus Throw - Earnest Grayson - 145’01.00”

Male Team Scores
168.5 Broken Arrow
144.5 Union
95.0 Jenks
45.5 Booker T. Washington
44.5 Bartlesville
43.0 Bixby
42.5 Owasso
38.0 Sand Springs
21.0 Sapulpa
8.5 Muskogee

Lady Sandite Results
100 Hurdles
5th - Mackenzie Rader - 17.52
12th - Elizabeth Watts - 18.80
300 Hurdles
14th - Elizabeth Watts - 55.54
100 Dash
21st - Davina Green - 14.76
24th - Kristen Fields - 15.81
26th - Joselyn Schinnerer - 16.23
200 Dash
16th - Davina Green - 30.44
19th - Joselyn Shinnerer - 33.93
21st - Kaitlyn Converse - 34.97
400 Dash
15th - Wanageeska Williams - 1:12.16
800 Run
14th - Jazmin Lopez - 2:58.53
3200 Run
17th - Erika Baker - 14:30.00
High Jump
8th - Mackenzie Rader - 4’10.00”
Long Jump
10th - Mackenzie Rader - 15’10.50”
22nd - Jazmin Lopez - 12’05.25”
Discus Throw
13th - Ayden Meade - 83’00.00”

Female Champions
4x100 Relay - Broken Arrow - 49.14
4x200 Relay - Broken Arrow - 1:43.72
4x400 Relay - Broken Arrow - 4:03.89
4x800 Relay - Broken Arrow - 9:39.26
100 Hurdles - Danielle Shaw - 16.82
300 Hurdles - Brianna Hays - 47.13
100 Dash - Mikah Ferrying - 13.13
200 Dash - Danielle Shaw - 26.81
400 Dash - Kanisius Harding - 58.65
800 Run - Brianna Hays - 2:18.90
1600 Run - Avery Mazzei - 5:21.68
3200 Run - Avery Mazzei - 11:22.00
High Jump - Takyla Pitts - 5’00.00”
Long Jump - Takyla Pitts - 17’05.50”
Pole Vault - Sedona Emde - 10’09.00”
Shot Put - Dymon Murdock - 38’07.00”
Discus Throw - Bailey Tilley - 124’08.00”

Female Team Scores
180.3 Broken Arrow
145.0 Union
123.3 Jenks
84.3 Owasso
32.0 Bartlesville
31.0 Bixby
28.0 Booker T. Washington
21.0 Sapulpa
4.0 Muskogee
2.0 Sand Springs

9 Sandites remain at State, only slightly behind Broken Arrow and Choctaw

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By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The remaining Sandites have about an hour long break before the next round begins at the 6A State Championship in Oklahoma City. 

Charles Page wrestling qualified eleven for the tournament with seven Regional Champions, more than either Broken Arrow or the Dual State Champions from Choctaw. Unfortunately 220 pound junior and Regional Champion Delvin Jordan was unable to participate dropping the number to nine. 

106 freshman Riley Weir (20-12) came in third at Regionals and was pitted against Choctaw's Colt Newton (40-3) in the first round and was pinned in 0:41. From there he was majored 14-4 by Yukon's Braden Fowler and eliminated. 

113 Regional Champion Michael Ritchey (22-16) was defeated in round one by Westmoore's Wes Hardin (31-11) by a narrow 5-2 decision but managed to hold the lead in the next match for a 5-3 victory over Spencer Schickram (14-9) of Ponca City. 

120 Regional Champion Blake Sargent (36-10) went into overtime with Zackery Bibb (24-5) of Capitol Hill and lost 4-2 in the tie breaker round. He fell in an early hole to Justin Gundlach (29-11) of Moore and trailed 3-2 going into the final period, but rallied for a takedown and pin at 5:14 to stay alive in the consolation bracket. 

126 two-time undefeated State Champion Daton Fix (44-0) pinned Bobby Robinson (30-13) of Deer Creek in 1:37.

132 Regional Champion Jack Karstetter (38-7) breezed through his first match with a 17-2 tech fall over Norman's Jeffrey Adams (23-12) in 5:42.  

138 Regional Champion Beau Bratcher (40-6) pinned Choctaw's Jeff Speer (23-10) in 4:48. 

145 Regional Champion Payton Scott (18-4) pinned Westmoore's Trey Painter (32-10) in 3:52.  

160 Regional Runner-Up Zane Basma (32-11) scored an 8-3 decision over Sam Hensley (31-13) of Edmond Memorial.  

170 Trace Fleischman (10-4) placed fourth at Regionals but rebounded big time at State with a 3-1 upset of West Regional Champion Jacob Schimmels (23-6) of Edmond. 

The top three teams are as close now as they have been all season with Broken Arrow at 25.5, Choctaw at 25, and Sand Springs at 23.5.  

The semi finals will begin at 7:15.  

Daton Fix wins Geary Invitational; Sandites place 5th

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Sand Springs Sandites are at near-full strength and demonstrated so at the oldest wrestling tournament in the country, the 72nd Geary Invitational Wrestling Tournament 

The Sandites, ranked #2 in Duals and #3 in tournaments, initially entered the season to much hubbub on the national scene after being ranked #25 in the nation by Flowrestling and #37 by InterMat.

Unfortunately, they weren't able to hold on to those ranking for long due to a less than spectacular performance at the Kansas City Stampede. Not because they don't deserve the rankings, but because they were missing half their starters. The state-title run made by the Sandite football team, which shares many athletes with the wrestling team, left several state qualifiers and other great wrestlers out of shape and battered from the extended time on the gridiron. 

Head wrestling coach Kelly Smith wants to see his team make a state title run of their own, and made the decision to sit out more than half a dozen wrestlers for the first half of the season, to ensure their health down the line--when it counts.

After the winter break, however, Payton Scott, Trace Fleischman, Lane Lettich, and Delvin Jordan are back in action.

Five Sandites placed at the national-caliber event which featured nationally-ranked #3 Blair Academy of New Jersey, nationally-ranked #11 Tuttle, and OK 6A #1 Broken Arrow and #2 Choctaw

106 #8 Riley Weir (13-7) - DNP

  • pinned Dylan Morris (Duncan) in 4:18
  • pinned by #1 Colt Newton (Choctaw) in 1:12
  • pinned by Cale Johnson (Tuttle) in 4:45

113 #7 Michael Ritchey (8-8) - DNP

  • lost to (#2 in 106 5A) Gage Gomez (Altus) 2-0
  • defeated Ty Lutze (Edmond Memorial) 3-0
  • lost to #2 Paxton Rosen (Edmond North) 9-3

120 #6 Blake Sargent (15-7) - 6th Place

  • majored James Emmer (Rio Rancho) 9-1
  • defeated Mitchell Lance (Piedmont) 5-1
  • lost to (#1 in 126) Dalton Duffield (Westmoore) 13-5
  • lost to Mike Madara (Blair Academy) 4-3
  • lost to Montez Robinson (Ark City) 4-2

126 #1 Jack Karstetter (15-6) - 2nd Place

  • teched Dakota Taylor (Ark City) 21-4
  • pinned Connor Harmon (Norman North) in 3:48
  • defeated Jesse Diaz (Tascosa) 9-4
  • defeated Bailer Thomason (Randall) 5-2
  • lost to (#1 in 5A 120) Montorie Bridges (Altus) 3-2

132 #1 (#3 Nationally) Daton Fix (20-0) - 1st Place

  • pinned (#6 in 145) Zach Johnson (Westmoore) in 3:11
  • pinned Dustin Chase (Duncan) in 1:40
  • majored Jake Beeson (Arkansas City) 18-8
  • teched Kyler Gonzales (Rio Rancho) 25-10
  • defeated (#15 Nationally at 126) Requir Van Der Merwe (Blair Academy) 5-3

138 #4 Beau Bratcher (20-4) - 2nd Place

  • defeated #5 Caleb Wise (Broken Arrow) 6-5
  • lost to Brik Filippo (Tuttle) 5-1 
  • pinned Fisher Johnson (Piedmont) in 0:42
  • pinned Juan Centeno (Altus) in 0:36
  • pinned (#7 in 145) Jeff Spear (Choctaw) in 1:22
  • pinned Hunter Jump (Lawton MacArthur) in 1:45
  • defeated #6 Tyler Dieringer (Stillwater) 5-1
  • defeated #5 Caleb Wise (Broken Arrow) 2-1
  • majored Shane Brackup (Blair Academy) 10-2

145 Cody Mathis (5-5) - DNP

  • pinned by #4 Blake Mattioda (Broken Arrow) in 3:48
  • pinned Cameron Dinga (Randall) in 1:44
  • pinned by Samuel Mora (Tascosa) in 4:50

152 #3 Payton Scott (6-2) - 4th Place

  • pinned Austin May (Duncan) in 0:26
  • pinned Taylor Wright (Del City) in 3:29
  • defeated (#1 in 5A 145) Elijah Tanner (Collinsville) 7-6
  • lost to #1 Joseph Messer (Norman North) 3-1
  • defeated Mikey Abuan (Altus) 5-3
  • lost to (#1 in 5A 145) Elijah Tanner (Collinsville) 3-1

160 #4 Zane Basma (12-8) - DNP

  • pinned Corey Webb (Tascosa) in 0:37
  • lost to (#1 in 5A 152) Nick Mahan (Lawton MacArthur) 5-2
  • pinned Jon McGill (Duncan) in 0:47
  • pinned by #1 Chase King (Choctaw) in 2:57

170 #2 Trace Fleischman (3-2) - DNP

  • lost to (#7 Nationally) Brandon Dallavia (Blair Academy) 16-1
  • pinned Ed Chavez (Rio Rancho) in 0:43
  • defeated Cooper Coil (Edmond North) 6-3
  • forfeited to Josh Arnold (Collinsville) 

182 #7 Lane Lettich (3-2) - DNP

  • lost to Matt Lamb (Del City) 8-5
  • pinned Jacob Muench (Geary) in 2:36
  • lost to Jimmy Stillerman (Blair Academy) 7-3

195 #9 Zach Sims (11-11) - DNP

  • pinned Keoni Chandler (Lawton MacArthur) in 1:20
  • defeated Connor Kinnaird (Duncan) 6-3
  • pinned by #3 Kaden Truelove (Mustang) in 1:25
  • defeated #10 Elijah Green (Enid) 7-0
  • lost to Teague Fox (Tuttle) 1-1

220 Delvin Jordan (4-2) - DNP

  • lost to Taven Birdow (Altus) 2-0
  • pinned Raen Rogers (Del City) in 0:47
  • pinned #5 Jon Martinez (Westmoore) in 0:18
  • lost to Nick Mosco (Blair Academy) 5-1

285 Gage Fain (3-9) - DNP

  • lost to #2 Gage Johnson (Norman North) 7-0
  • defeated Hunter Black (Stillwater) 8-5
  • pinned by Brandon Mason (Tuttle) in 2:21


Daton Fix leads Sandites to 2nd Place finish at Perry Tournament

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

The Sandites were in good position going into day two of the annual Perry Tournament of Champions with 7 semi-finalists, but only one pulled off the win. The Sandites were missing 5 starters and 6 total wrestlers that Coach Smith wants to rest after football season and forfeited three weight classes.

Sand Springs took 2nd in the event last year as well.

This week the Sandites are ranked 2nd in state by the OSSAA and 25th in the nation by FloWrestling.

106 Riley Weir (4-2) - 4th Place

  • defeated Jimmy Arbuckle (Blackwell) by 17-2 tech fall
  • defeated Alex Valencia (Perry) by 2-1 decision
  • Lost to Wyatt Adams (Lawton MacArthur) by 1:09 fall
  • defeated Dylan McGrew (Perry) by major decision
  • lost to Colt Newton (Choctaw) by 3:19 fall

113 Michael Ritchey (5-2) - 5th Place

  • Lost to Marcus Robinson (Ark City) by 5-3 decision
  • defeated Caron Watson (Union) by 7-2 decision
  • defeated Karson Bellmard (Ponca City) by 3-0 decision
  • defeated Adam Baker (Guthrie) by 5-1 decision
  • Lost to Marcus Robinson (Ark City) by 2-1 decision
  • defeated Irwin Portillo (Sand Springs) by 5-0 decision

113 Irwin Portillo (3-3) - 6th Place

  • Lost to Conner Holman (Choctaw) by 4:27 fall
  • defeated Deven Harrison (Blackwell) by 18-3 tech fall
  • winner by forfeit over Tyler Ritchie (Claremore)
  • defeated Taylor Holman (Midwest City) by 4-3 decision
  • Lost to Cale Betchan (Perry) by 10-0 major decision
  • Lost to Michael Ritchey (Sand Springs) by 5-0 decision

120 Blake Sargent (5-1) - 3rd Place

  • defeated Tyler Musil (Guthrie) by 0:28 fall
  • defeated Dylan Schickram (Ponca City) by 12-10 decision
  • lost to Garrett Rowe (Choctaw) by 12-3 major decision
  • defeated Dakota Taylor (Ark City) by tech fall in 4:43
  • defeated Stetson Baker (Blackwell) by 2:38 fall

Also placed 3rd in 120 last year.

126 Jack Karstetter (4-2) - 4th Place

  • defeated Jesse Gomez (Owasso) by 2:56 fall
  • defeated Tracy Reeder (Claremore) by 4-3 decision
  • lost to Andrew Nieman (Stillwater) by 3-1 sudden victory
  • defeated Montez Robinson (Ark City) by 2-1 sudden victory
  • lost to Drew Wilson (Midwest City) by 1-0 decision

Took 3rd in 113 last year.

132 Daton Fix (5-0) - 1st Place

  • defeated Zane Everett (Yukon) by 25-10 tech fall
  • defeated Corbin Ballard (Claremore) by 23-8 tech fall
  • defeated Derek Davis (Sand Springs) by default
  • defeated Dylan Wright (Pryor) by 3:12 fall

Took 1st in 113 in 2013 and 1st in 126 in 2014.

132 Derek Davis (3-2) - DNP

  • defeated Marquez Edwards (Midwest City) by 5-0 decision
  • defeated Kaden Ogee (Choctaw) by 3:01 fall
  • lost to Daton Fix (Sand Springs) by default
  • defeated Riley Cinnamon (Perry) by 5-3 decision
  • lost to #2 Baylor Smith (Owasso) by 3-2  decision

138 John Jiminez (2-3) - DNP

  • defeated Cade Gattuso (Midwest City) by 2:26 fall
  • defeated Brandon Conrad (Owasso) by 9-6 decision
  • lost to Seth Graves (Edmond Memorial) by 3-2 decision
  • lost to Dayton Moreno (Union) by default

145 Beau Bratcher (4-1) - 2nd Place

  • defeated Jacob Mitchell (Owasso) by 1:14 fall
  • defeated Blake Johnson (Blackwell) by 0:39 fall
  • defeated Kendon Lee (Stillwater) by 7-2 decision
  • lost to Chase Vincent (Yukon) by 4-1 decision

Took 5th Place last year in 138.

152 Cody Mathis (3-2) - DNP

  • defeated Calvin Vincent (Kingfisher) by 2:49 fall
  • lost to Christian Mayhue (Union) by 15-6 major decision
  • defeated Karsten Schuessler (Stillwater) by 1:40 fall
  • lost to Christian Gabriel (Edmond Memorial) by 5-1 decision

160 Zane Basma (4-1) - 2nd Place

  • defeated Tyler Heffley (Edmond Memorial) by 1:10 fall
  • defeated Gabe Evans (Union) by 14-0 major decision
  • defeated Zeke Rubio (Ponca) by 2:18 fall
  • lost to #1 Christian Bahl (Stillwater) by 3:40 fall

170 Bryton Beck (2-2) - DNP

  • defeated Trent Crowl (Chanute) by 3:03 fall
  • lost to Kendall Biddle (Ark City) by 17-2 tech fall
  • lost to Sam Hensley (Edmond Memorial) by 9-0 major decision

182 - No Contestant

195 Zack Sims (4-2) - 4th Place

  • defeated Dalton Collins (Ark City) by 1:24 fall
  • defeated Bradyn Pressnall (Ponca City) by 3-2 decision
  • lost to Imani Woodley (Edmond Memorial) by 3:23 fall
  • defeated Stevon Crogan (Pryor) by 10-7 decision
  • lost to Easton Rendleman (Choctaw) by 3:35 fall

220 - No Contestant

285 - No Contestant

Team Standings

  1. Choctaw (200 points)
  2. Sand Springs (174.5)
  3. Yukon (160.5)
  4. Ark City (153.5)
  5. Stillwater (151.5)
  6. Union (136)
  7. Blackwell (109)
  8. Lawton MacArthur (105.5)
  9. Perry (103)
  10. Pryor (96)
  11. Ponca City (79.5)
  12. Edmond Memorial (78.5)
  13. Catoosa (74)
  14. Owasso (70)
  15. Harrah (69.5)
  16. Claremore (66)
  17. Midwest City (45)
  18. Muskogee (38)
  19. Kingfisher (35)
  20. Chanute (31)
  21. Guthrie (19)

 

    Playoff roundup and Week 12 rankings

    By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

    If there was any doubt that District 1 teams were the only real contenders for the title, it's been laid to rest after solid beatdowns in the first round of the playoffs this weekend. 

    #1 Booker T Washington (10-0, 7-0) District 1 Champions

    #9 Choctaw (5-6, 2-5) District 2

    No surprise here, OSU-commit Justice Hill exploded for 189 yards and five touchdowns in a home quarterfinal performance. The yellowjackets never really had much of a chance against the #1 rungame in the state. 

    The pick: BTW 52, Choctaw 17.

    Results: BTW 47, Choctaw 17. 

    #3 Charles Page (6-4, 5-2) District 1

    #8 Stillwater (5-6, 3-3) District 2

    It was more-or-less granted that Sand Springs would win, but the real surprise here is just how badly they beat the Pioneers. It wasn't so much the Pioneer's faults--they actually completed more passes than in their last game and had a standard night. It was the Sandites who showed up better than ever and completely out-athleted the home team. The Sandite secondary held the Pioneers to zero first downs in the first quarter and only five per-quarter to follow, not to mention 10 tackles-for-loss and a blocked kick that resulted in a safety. Hunter Greathouse had his first perfect night passing, completing all 11 of his throws for 181 yards and 2 touchdowns. Lane Lettich and Payton Scott combined for 234 yards and 4 touchdowns on the ground.

    The pick: CPHS 27, Stillwater 3

    Results: CPHS 49, Stillwater 14. 


    #4 Bixby (7-4, 4-3) District 1

    #5 Lawton (8-2, 6-0) District 2 Champions

    The only game that was expected to be close this week was anything but close. The Spartans have had a rough time these last few weeks, getting hammered by Booker T, barely squeezing past Muskogee in overtime, and being shut out by Sand Springs. They put a stop to that streak Saturday at Lawton, handing the wolverines their first loss of the season by a large margin. Bixby completed 20 first downs and held Lawton to a staggering low 4 while doubling the wolverines' total yardage.

    The pick: Bixby 35, Lawton 28

    Results: Bixby 36, Lawton 6.

    #2 Bartlesville (10-1, 6-1) District 1

    #6 Midwest City (6-4, 4-2) District 2

    Midwest City made probably the biggest effort at upsetting it's District 1 opponent, and were it not for a 1-yard line fumble to end a 79 yard drive, it may have been a lot closer. As it were, the Bombers failed to stop Colton Penrod's aerial assault that ended up tallying 279 yards and 4 touchdowns.

    The pick: Bartlesville 42, MWC 35

    Results: Bville 35, MWC 14.

    The rest of the rankings

    • #7 Muskogee
    • #10 Ponca City
    • #11 Sapulpa
    • #12 Eisenhower
    • #13 Putnam City West
    • #14 Enid
    • #15 Claremore

    My Record

    • Week 1: 10-2 (.833)
    • Week 2: 12-2 (.857)
    • Week 3: 6-3 (.666)
    • Week 4: 6-2 (.750)
    • Week 5: 5-3 (.625)
    • Week 6: 8-0 (1.00)
    • Week 7: 8-0 (1.00)
    • Week 8: 7-1 (.875)
    • Week 9: 6-2 (.750)
    • Week 10: 6-1 (.857)
    • Week 11: 4-0 (1.00) 
    • Overall: 78-16 (.829)

    Week 11 Rankings and Playoff Predictions

    By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

    The quarterfinals are upon us and with the top four teams all being from the same district, the predictions are all pretty easy. 

    Bracket 1

    #1 Booker T Washington (9-0, 7-0) District 1

    #9 Choctaw (5-5, 2-4) District 2

    Get ready for a swarm, because it's Hornets vs Yellowjackets and everybody's a loser in that situation. My hatred for flying pests aside, Booker T shouldn't find Choctaw to be anything more than a pesky gnat. Between Dakari Willis and Justice Hill, Booker T won't be a one-sting-wonder in this game. 

    The pick: BTW 52, Choctaw 17.

    Location: Booker T, Friday @ 7:00

    #3 Charles Page (5-4, 5-2) District 1

    #8 Stillwater (5-5, 3-3) District 2

    The Pioneers might have a home field advantage, but considering Sand Springs hold numerous records in Pioneer Stadium, I don't think the Sandites are sweating it. Stillwater managed to complete only one pass in their last game against Eisenhower, and considering Sand Springs held Bixby to negative rushing yards in their last game, I'd say Stilly's in for a beat down. Keep your eyes on Cole Dixon in this game if you can keep up with him.

    The pick: CPHS 27, Stillwater 3.

    Location: Stillwater, Friday @ 7:00

    Bracket 2

    #4 Bixby (6-4, 4-3) District 1

    #5 Lawton (8-1, 6-0) District 2

    If there's a single game I'm unsure about, it's this one. Lawton has the better record and a third-straight undefeated district championship, but they still haven't taken on any tough competitors to weigh them against. Lawton's only opponent worth its salt is MacArthur, who beat them. Then again, Bixby's been falling further and further behind the team we thought they were going into the season. All the potential is still there, but they're not living up to it. If the Spartans manage to wake up in this game, they still have everything it takes to make another run at the title. But if I had to pick an upset, this would be it. 

    The pick: Bixby 35, Lawton 28.

    Location: Lawton, Saturday @ 2:00

    #2 Bartlesville (9-1, 6-1) District 1

    #6 Midwest City (6-3, 4-2) District 2

    Theoretically, this should be a blow out. But the bombers are resilient and gave Sand Springs a lot of grief in the playoffs last year. Still, it should be Colton Penrod dropping bombs this weekend.

    The pick: Bartlesville 42, MWC 35. 

    Location: Bartlesville, Friday @ 7:30

    My Record

    • Week 1: 10-2 (.833)
    • Week 2: 12-2 (.857)
    • Week 3: 6-3 (.666)
    • Week 4: 6-2 (.750)
    • Week 5: 5-3 (.625)
    • Week 6: 8-0 (1.00)
    • Week 7: 8-0 (1.00)
    • Week 8: 7-1 (.875)
    • Week 9: 6-2 (.750)
    • Week 10: 6-1 (.857)
    • Overall: 74-16 (.822)

    *All round one playoff games will be free to past and present service members in honor of Veterans Day. From the bottoms of our hearts, we thank you for your service. 

    Week 10 Roundup

    By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

    The last week of regular-season football was no less exciting than the rest of the season, and the rankings haven't changed much going into the playoffs.

    #1 Booker T Washington (9-0, 7-0) District 1

    #7 Muskogee (3-7, 3-4) District 1

    The Roughers never really had much of a chance to stop the Hornets from a perfect season--not after Bixby, Bartlesville, and Sand Springs failed to. But they certainly played with heart. Without lead running back Molijah Gilbert, the Roughers resorted to an aerial offense and senior quarterback Quintahj Cherry managed to surpass the 2000 yard mark for the season. It was nowhere near enough to overcome OSU-commit Justice Hill, however. The soon-to-be Cowboy ran up 135 yards and 3 touchdowns on just 9 carries before retiring to the bench after the first half. 

    The pick: BTW 56, Muskogee 14

    Results: BTW 46, Muskogee 21

    #2 Bartlesville (9-1, 6-1) District 1

    #15 Claremore (2-8, 0-7) District 1

    The Zebras actually managed to lead the Bruins, briefly. Then Colton Penrod dropped touchdown bombs of 65, 65, and 55 on his way to a 237 yard finish. The run game was strong as well as Jarron Hilger picked up 124 rushing yards and scored on the first Bruin drive. 

    The pick: Bville 48, Claremore 13

    Results: Bville 56, Claremore 22

    #3 Charles Page (5-4, 5-2) District 1

    #4 Bixby (6-4, 4-3) District 1

    Sand Springs got their payback against the Spartans for last season. Bixby was dealt their first shutout in seven years and was held to negative rushing yards by the top defense in the state which ran up 5 sacks and 11 tackles for loss. 

    The pick: CPHS 41, Bixby 35

    Results: CPHS 20, Bixby 0

    #5 Lawton (8-1, 6-0) District 2

    #9 Choctaw (5-5, 2-4) District 2

    The Wolverines were without their leading defensive player, and it showed, but they were still able to hold off the Yellowjackets for their third consecutive undefeated district championship. 

    The pick: Lawton 48, Choctaw 24

    Results: Lawton 33, Choctaw 25

    #6 Midwest City (6-3, 4-2) District 2

    Midwest City elected not to play a fourth non-district game and took a week off before the playoffs.

    #8 Stillwater (5-5, 3-3) District 2

    #12 Eisenhower (1-9, 1-5) District 2

    The Eagles didn't fail to impress, but they did fail to bump the Pioneers down from the #2 seed. It was a battle royale at Pioneer Stadium as Ike tied things up 21-21 late in the fourth quarter, but quarterback Jace Brownlee ran in a 61 yard touchdown on the ensuing drive to take the final lead. 

    The pick: Stilly 35, Ike 21.

    Results: Stilly 33, Ike 27.

    #10 Ponca City (3-6, 2-5) District 1

    #11 Sapulpa (2-7, 1-6) District 1

    The Chieftains had a rough start this year, but managed to work their way up a few spots due to some solid late-season performances. This loss came down to the first ever field goal miss of Sapulpa kicker Paige McCracken, but considering what Sapulpa had to overcome from last year, they should all be proud.

    The pick: Ponca 35, Sapulpa 21

    Results: Ponca 30, Sapulpa 28.

    #13 Putnam City West (4-6, 2-4) District 2

    #14 Enid (2-8, 2-4) District 2

    The Patriots' post-season dreams came to an end, but they still won three more games than anyone thought they would. It looks like the losing-streak for PCW may finally be reaching its end, so District 2 better keep a wary eye going into next season. Enid narrowly pulled off the upset to avoid the bottom ranking in the division.

    The pick: PCW 47, Enid 35

    Results: Enid 49, PCW 42

    My Record

    • Week 1: 10-2 (.833)
    • Week 2: 12-2 (.857)
    • Week 3: 6-3 (.666)
    • Week 4: 6-2 (.750)
    • Week 5: 5-3 (.625)
    • Week 6: 8-0 (1.00)
    • Week 7: 8-0 (1.00)
    • Week 8: 7-1 (.875)
    • Week 9: 6-2 (.750)
    • Week 10: 6-1 (.857)
    • Overall: 74-16 (.822)

    Sandites are now on their longest playoff streak ever

    By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

    The Sand Springs varsity football team has had some great years, but they've always been fairly spaced out. 

    The program started in 1919 under head coach Ivan Grover and went 6-2-1 in its first year. It's now in its 97th year and since then it's seen the playoffs 17 years and amassed a 13-20 post-season record and won its lone State Championship in 1966.

    Since 2000, Sand Springs has seen the playoffs four years and won its first playoff game since 1997 last year at Midwest City.

    A 5-2 district record this year has clinched Sand Springs a playoff berth for the fourth consecutive year, the fifth year since head coach Dustin Kinard took over the program in 2007. 

    The program has seen a lot of improvements during Kinard's tenure. His first year on the job was also the first season at the newly remodeled Memorial Stadium. In 2008 he led his team to their first winning record and first playoff appearance since 1997. 

    There were a few rough years after that; Sand Springs went 8-22 from 2009-2011, but since then it's been one of the better programs in the state. 

    2012 saw the team's first 6-0 start since 1997, and in 2014 the Sandites beat the Midwest City Bombers by a single point in an frigid overtime win to advance to the semi-finals.

    Overall, Kinard has a 45-49 record at Sand Springs, but it should turn into a winning record within a season or two if things continue the way they have been. In his 9th season, Kinard is currently the second-longest tenured coach in Sandite history, behind LD Baines who coached from 1983-1996.

    The last few seasons have seen lots of notable achievements and 2015 was no different. This season marked the Sandites' fourth-consecutive winning record and fourth-consecutive playoffs appearance. Sand Springs handed Bixby their first shutout in seven years.

    The biggest loss for the Sandites this season was by 17 points. The last time Sand Springs made it through a season without a loss larger than 21 points was in 1997. A 53 point win over Hale (that was later forfeited) gave Sand Springs their third consecutive season with a 50+ point win. So far Sand Springs has only allowed 111 points this season, the team's best defensive record since 1997.

    A 4-0 record at home also gave Sand Springs their first perfect season at home since 1997. 

    There's never been a better time to be a Sandite!

    Join the Minutemen this Friday as they travel to #7 Stillwater (5-5). Kick off is at 7:00 PM at Pioneer Stadium.

     

    *this article has been corrected at 8:34 AM Monday 11/9/15. It previously reflected the Stillwater game as scheduled for Saturday.  

    *OSSAA has changed kickoff from 7:30 PM Friday to 7:00 PM. Article has been corrected to reflect this change.

    Week 10 Rankings and Predictions

    By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

    #1 Booker T Washington (8-0, 6-0) District 1

    #7 Muskogee (3-6, 3-3) District 1

    Don't expect any surprises here. Muskogee's a far better team than they've been in recent years, but after being knocked out of playoff contention there's little likelihood that they'll find the motivation to upset the #1 undefeated team. Expect OSU-commit Justice Hill to rush for a couple hundred yards as usual and Dakari Willis will probably look to stretch his arm out a bit before the playoffs.

    The pick: BTW 56, Muskogee 14

    #2 Bartlesville (8-1, 5-1) District 1

    #13 Claremore (2-7, 0-6) District 1

    Bartlesville consistently gives up points, but also consistently scores substantially more. It'll be a blow out, but I doubt it'll be a shut out. The Zebras have had a rough time this season with injuries, but they've still got heart and won't go down without a fight. Between Colton Penrod and Jarron Hilger, however, it should be a clear Bruin victory.

    The pick: Bville 48, Claremore 13.

    #3 Charles Page (4-4, 4-2) District 1

    #4 Bixby (6-3, 4-2) District 1

    Bixby has fallen quite a bit from their early season performance and barely edged by Muskogee last week in overtime while Sand Springs was close to upsetting top-ranked Booker T. On paper, this should be a clear pick. However, there's a lot of bad blood between the Sandites and Spartans after Bixby injured several Sand Springs players last year and beat them twice--once in the regular season and once in the semifinals. Muskogee's players hadn't even made it home yet before Twitter was blowing up with Sandite tweets calling out Bixby last week. The playoffs are locked up for both teams, but they'll be battling for the #3 seed so it should be a shootout, just like last year's 34-31 week 10 game. Bixby has one of the best runningbacks in the state in Nic Roller and Sand Springs has the best defense so it should be a great matchup.

    The pick: Sand Springs 41, Bixby 35.

    #5 Lawton (7-1, 5-0) District 2

    #11 Choctaw (5-4, 2-3) District 2

    The Wolverines wrapped up a district championship last week against Midwest City and their only loss was a rivalry matchup against the undefeated #1 team in 5A. Choctaw is coming to do battle, however, as they need a win to hold onto a playoff berth. 

    The pick: Lawton 48, Choctaw 24

    #6 Midwest City (6-3, 4-2) District 2

    Midwest City elected not to play a fourth non-district game and is taking a week off before the playoffs.

    #8 Putnam City West (4-5, 2-3) District 2

    #14 Enid (2-7, 1-4) District 2

    It's down to the wire for PCW. The Patriots are already experiencing their best record since 2000, but after a big time upset by Eisenhower last week it still remains to be seen if they'll clinch their first playoff appearance since 1996. On paper, it should be locked up. But if Enid overcomes PCW like Ike did, then Choctaw will take the bottom seed in the playoffs.

    The pick: PCW 47, Enid 35

    #9 Stillwater (4-5, 3-2) District 2

    #15 Eisenhower (1-8, 1-4) District 2

    It's too late for Ike to reach the playoffs, but it's not too late for them to bump Stillwater down to the bottom seed and at least move up from the bottom rank of the division. The Eagles will be flying high after their 50-28 dominating upset @ PCW last week.

    The pick: Stilly 38, Ike 35

    #10 Ponca City (2-6, 1-5) District 1

    #12 Sapulpa (2-6, 1-5) District 1

    The Chieftains pulled off a narrow 1 point win last week against Claremore in the lowest scoring game of the season for 6A-II, but it was their first win since week 2 and it was an upset. Expect Dae Williams to cross the 1500 season rushing mark. Ponca doesn't have any huge stars like Williams, but they have a better talent-spread among the players. Keep your eyes on QB Conner Larson and the RB/WR combo of the Arita brothers. 

    The pick: Ponca 35, Sapulpa 21

    My Record

    • Week 1: 10-2 (.833)
    • Week 2: 12-2 (.857)
    • Week 3: 6-3 (.666)
    • Week 4: 6-2 (.750)
    • Week 5: 5-3 (.625)
    • Week 6: 8-0 (1.00)
    • Week 7: 8-0 (1.00)
    • Week 8: 7-1 (.875)
    • Week 9: 6-2 (.750)
    • Overall: 68-15 (.819)

    Week 9 Roundup and Week 10 Rankings

    By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

    #1 Booker T Washington (8-0, 6-0) District 1

    #3 Charles Page (4-4, 4-2) District 1

    The Hornets held off Sand Springs with a last minute field goal to further their series lead to 12-6, but it was the Sandites who were the stars of the show. Not only was SS the only team this season to lead the Hornets, but they thoroughly dominated offensively, beating the home team by 112 yards. The loss came down to two plays. First, Sand Springs had a 31 yard field goal nullified due to having only 10 players on the field, and the retry was fumbled due to the rain-slicked ball. Then, the visitors tried for a fourth and goal touchdown pass from the four instead of kicking a field goal.

    The pick: BTW 43, CPHS 24.

    Results: BTW 17, CPHS 14. 

    #2 Bartlesville (8-1, 5-1) District 1

    #10 Ponca City (2-6, 1-5) District 1

    The Wildcats managed to draw first blood with a first quarter field goal but four minutes later Bartlesville took the lead once and for all. Colton Penrod, the #3 quarterback in the state, passed for 228 yards and Jarron Hilger picked up 147 yards rushing. Ponca went down with all pistons firing, however, and Darrell Arita put up a valiant effort with 133 rush yards. 

    The pick: Bartlesville 56, Ponca 28.

    Results: Bartlesville 42, Ponca 23. 

    #4 Bixby (6-3, 4-2) District 1

    #7 Muskogee (3-6, 3-3) District 1

    The Spartans edged out Muskogee by a hair as Cade Cabbiness blocked what would have been a game-winning PAT to force overtime. Nic Roller scored on a 1-yard run for Bixby, and Connor Walker had an endzone-interception to seal the victory and secure a Spartan playoff berth.  

    The pick: Bixby 42, Muskogee 27

    Results: Bixby 48, Muskogee 41.

    #5 Lawton (7-1, 5-0) District 2

    #6 Midwest City (6-3, 4-2) District 2

    The top team in District 2 emerged to an 18-0 half time lead before Jacob Reed got the Bombers on the board with a 1-yard carry. Brendon Brown front flipped into the endzone to even things out to 18-13, before the Wolverines pulled ahead for the win.

    The pick: Lawton 35, MWC 27.

    Results: Lawton 24, MWC 13. 

    #8 Putnam City West (4-5, 2-3) District 2

    #15 Eisenhower (1-8, 1-4) District 2

    The Eagles pulled off a major upset to avoid a win-less season, but in a district where everybody has losses to teams they should have beaten hands-down, I'm unable to bump Ike up from the bottom position unless they manage to do it again against Stillwater. They managed to hold the Patriots back from their first winning record in 15 years, which is unfortunate for PCW, but it doesn't eliminate them from playoff contention. So long as Lawton beats Choctaw and PCW defeats Enid, they'll still get their first post-season appearance since 1996. 

    The pick: PCW 42, Ike 14.

    Results: Ike 50, PCW 28. 

    #9 Stillwater (4-5, 3-2) District 2

    #14 Enid (2-7, 1-4) District 2

    Enid took the lead as Stillwater struggled defensively in a shootout that both teams needed to reach the post season. The Pioneers didn't take the lead till midway through the fourth, but managed to haul in the win and clinch a playoff berth. 

    The pick: Stillwater 38, Enid 20.

    Results: Stillwater 48, Enid 37.

    #11 Choctaw (5-4, 2-3) District 2

    US Grant (2-6)

    The Yellowjackets took an easy 20-0 lead on Grant in a dominating bye-week from district play.

    The pick: Choctaw 47, Grant 12

    Results: Choctaw 58, Grant 8

    #12 Sapulpa (2-6, 1-5) District 1

    #13 Claremore (2-7, 0-6) District 1

    The Chieftains finally found a district win thanks to SMU-commit Dae Williams's 211 rushing yards and sole Chieftain touchdown. 

    The pick: Claremore 35, Sapulpa 27

    Results: Sapulpa 7, Claremore 6.

    My Record

    • Week 1: 10-2 (.833)
    • Week 2: 12-2 (.857)
    • Week 3: 6-3 (.666)
    • Week 4: 6-2 (.750)
    • Week 5: 5-3 (.625)
    • Week 6: 8-0 (1.00)
    • Week 7: 8-0 (1.00)
    • Week 8: 7-1 (.875)
    • Week 9: 6-2 (.750)
    • Overall: 68-15 (.819)

    Week 9 Predictions

    By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

    These next two weeks hold a lot of post-season-implication for District 1. While the dust is mostly settled down South, the North still has four teams battling it out for playoff berths and you can expect that none of them will go quietly into that good night.

    #1 Booker T Washington (7-0, 5-0) District 1

    #3 Charles Page (4-3, 4-1) District 1

    Easily the biggest game of the week for 6A-II, and the biggest game of the year for Sand Springs, this will be the deciding game on if the Sandites have a real shot at the state title. If CPHS can pull off the upset here then they'll have a guaranteed ride to the playoffs. On paper, the Hornets should have no problem fending off Sand Springs, but a storm is brewing and the Sandites are hungry. Booker T is a predominately run-oriented offense while Sand Springs has a pretty even pass-rush split. BTW has the home field advantage, but with rain on the way, anything can happen. Booker T leads the series 11-6, but Sand Springs has won 2 of the last 3 and the last 2 were both big-scoring shootouts.

    The pick: BTW 43, CPHS 24

    #2 Bartlesville (7-1, 4-1) District 1

    #10 Ponca City (2-5, 1-4) District 1

    Not much to see here, the Wildcats will be easily tamed by the Bruins' stellar air raid. Colton Penrod just passed the 8000 mark on career-passing yards and is third in the state this season. 

    The pick: Bartlesville 56, Ponca 28

    #4 Bixby (5-3, 3-2) District 1

    #7 Muskogee (3-5, 3-2) District 1

    Muskogee's last real hope for a playoff berth comes down to this game. The Spartans are still one of the top teams in the state, but they have fallen on hard times. Bixby is coming off a devastating loss to BTW and Muskogee gets the home field advantage in what's sure to be a thrilling game. The Spartans have a lot to prove in this game if they want to be a real contender for the title. 

    The pick: Bixby 42, Muskogee 27

    #5 Lawton (6-1, 4-0) District 2

    #6 Midwest City (6-2, 4-1) District 2

    Probably the second-most exciting game of the week is the Title game for District 2. The Bombers put up a great effort in a week 1 loss to BTW, then got upset majorly by Stillwater. Was the Pioneer loss a fluke or are the Wolverines truly the best team down South? 

    The pick: Lawton 35, MWC 27

    #8 Putnam City West (4-4, 2-2) District 2

    #15 Eisenhower (0-8, 0-4) District 2

    The Patriots came into the season as the bottom-ranked team in the division and haven't had a winning record since 2000, and haven't seen the playoffs since 1996. The current lineup has put an end to that era and is headed to the playoffs, so long as they aren't upset by the two worst teams in the state. 

    The pick: PCW 42, Ike 14

    #9 Stillwater (3-5, 2-2) District 2

    #14 Enid (2-6, 1-3) District 2

    The Pioneers won't have a winning record, but they should make the playoffs with the bottom seed, at least. Enid's only true win was a 3-point win against Ike last week. Sand Springs had to forfeit a 33-7 victory after a player was deemed ineligible. 

    The pick: Stilly 38, Enid 20

    #11 Claremore (2-6, 0-5) District 1

    #13 Sapulpa (1-6, 0-5) District 1

    The pick: Claremore 35, Sapulpa 27

    #12 Choctaw (4-4, 2-3) District 2

    US Grant (2-5) 

    The Generals finally broke a 6-game losing streak and officially have their best record since 2003. Don't expect them to tie that magical 4-6 season, however. 

    The pick: Choctaw 47, Grant 12

     

    Week 8 Roundup and Week 9 Rankings

    By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

    #1 Booker T Washington (7-0, 5-0) District 1

    #4 Bixby (5-3, 3-2) District 1

    The Hornets continue to be the indisputable top team in 6A-II, slaughtering last year's State Champions to beat the spread by an astounding 40 points. Turnovers were the name of the game, as the Spartans gave up two fumbles and threw two interceptions. Despite 270 yards of total offense, Bixby only entered the endzone once on a 3 yard rush by Nic Roller. Washington relied on a predominately rushing offense for 375 yards against only 79 from the air, but don't count out their passing game against future opponents as QB Dakari Wilson was 8 for 11 with no interceptions. Sparta falls to fourth in the rankings, but despite a massive beatdown this week, Bixby's still a big favorite to make the playoffs where anything can happen.

    The pick: BTW 35, Bixby 30

    Results: BTW 52, Bixby 7

    #2 Bartlesville (7-1, 4-1) District 1

    #13 Sapulpa (1-6, 0-5) District 1

    No surprises here, the Bruins rebounded excellently after a field-goal-loss to BTW to bring down the hammer on Sapulpa. A devastating air raid by QB Colton Penrod amounted to 430 passing yards and seven passing touchdowns against the Chieftains.

    The pick: Bville 47, Sapulpa 20.

    Results: Bville 56, Sapulpa 21.

    #3 Charles Page (4-3, 4-1) District 1

    #7 Muskogee (3-5, 3-2) District 1

    The Sand Springs Sandites swap places with the Spartans after a dominating defensive performance that outdid all expectations against the previously 6th-ranked Roughers. Muskogee has definitely improved as a team since last year, but the legendary Sandite secondary is better than ever and continues to develop as the season progresses. The O-line put up some massive blocks creating holes for Payton Scott and Lane Lettich to both cross the 500 rush-yard mark for the season and Hunter Greathouse easily surpassed 1000 passing yards. Jason Cooper picked off three Muskogee passes, one for a touchdown that was called back due to holding. 

    The pick: CPHS 35, Muskogee 21.

    Results: CPHS 34, Muskogee 10.

    #5 Lawton (6-1, 4-0) District 2

    TX #754 Triple A Academy (4-5)

    The pick: Lawton 61, Triple A 7

    Results: Lawton 51, Triple A 7.

    #6 Midwest City (6-2, 4-1) District 2

    #12 Choctaw (4-4, 2-3) District 2

    The Bombers took a rough upset to Stillwater a few weeks ago, but it's looking like the Pioneers may have simply pulled a fluke because since then they barely edged out Choctaw and lost to PCW, both of whom were clearly defeated by MWC. District 2 seems to be having a hard time deciding who their best teams are besides Lawton, but I think we can count on the Bombers to put up a solid post-season performance. It wasn't the cleanest win of the season, but it sets up MWC for a district championship battle with Lawton next week. MWC jumps two spots.

    The pick: MWC 27, Choctaw 13

    Results: MWC 28, Choctaw 21.

    #8 Putnam City West (4-4, 2-2) District 2

    #9 Stillwater (3-5, 2-2) District 2

    The Patriots have done an excellent job this season, already outdoing their previous season record by three wins with two winable games left. While they may not be in legitimate state title contention, they've got a lot to be proud of, climbing more since the preseason rankings than any other team to potentially make it to the playoffs for the first time since 1996.  PCW moves up one spot while Stillwater drops two.

    The pick: Stillwater 38, PCW 36

    Results: PCW 35, Stillwater 26

    #10 Ponca City (2-5, 1-4) District 1

    #11 Claremore (2-6 0-5) District 1

    One of the closest games of the night, Ponca City pulled out the edge on Clarmore. Ponca trailed 347-333 in total offensive yardage and gained less yards-per-play, but completed more first downs. Ponca threw an interception, but Claremore recovered a Wildcat fumble. Both teams had about 70 yards in penalties. Claremore held a 24-16 lead deep in the third but Ponca rallied from behind and recovered a pooch kick to run the clock out.

    The pick: Ponca 44, Claremore 33

    Results: Ponca 29, Claremore 24.

    #14 Enid (2-6, 1-3) District 2

    #15 Eisenhower (0-8, 0-4) District 2

    The Plainsmen picked up their first true win of the season, edging out the Eagles in a massive offensive shootout. Brian Banks caught for 109 of Enid's 262 passing yardage and Devin Pratt picked up a career-high 260 rushing yards for four touchdowns. Ike's Rico Bussey finished with 222 yards of total offense.

    The pick: Enid 27, Ike 16.

    Results: Enid 44, Ike 41.

    My Record

    • Week 1: 10-2 (.833)
    • Week 2: 12-2 (.857)
    • Week 3: 6-3 (.666)
    • Week 4: 6-2 (.750)
    • Week 5: 5-3 (.625)
    • Week 6: 8-0 (1.00)
    • Week 7: 8-0 (1.00)
    • Week 8: 7-1 (.875)
    • Overall: 62-13 (.826)

    Week 8 Predictions

    By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

    #1 Booker T Washington (6-0, 4-0) District 1

    #3 Bixby (5-2, 3-1) District 1

    Bixby may have fallen down the rankings a little bit after being upset by Bartlesville, but only a fool would count them out of the race for the state title. BTW barely held off Bville for a 3-point win last week to remain perfect, but this late in the season all eyes are focused in on the gold and anything can happen. Booker T wins by an average of 36 points this season, but knock out the pushovers from that lineup and things have been a lot closer. The only real challenges they've had have been #8 Midwest City whom they beat 28-16 in week one and #2 Bartlesville last week. Bixby, meanwhile, opened the season by running up 24 points against the top team in the state, the number 12 team in the nation. The only team to score more points against Jenks this season was Union who only outdid the Spartans by a field goal. This is the game to watch this week and while I'm picking BTW, if I had to pick an upset, this would be it.

    I say Bixby scores first, BTW gets the run of things, Bixby surges late in the fourth for the last two TDs of the game with conversions on each but ultimately falls short.

    The pick: BTW 35, Bixby 30

    #2 Bartlesville (6-1, 3-1) District 1

    #13 Sapulpa (1-5, 0-4) District 1

    Get ready for another beat-down, Sapulpa, the Bruins are leaving ruins in their wake. The Chieftains are putting up decent points on everyone, but they're allowing far too many to stand a chance against this double headed offense. Expect Colton Penrod to clear 2000 season-passing yards this game while running-back Jarron Hilger should easily drum up another 100 yards rushing. Sapulpa is not without its stars, however. Keep your eyes on Dae Williams who just passed 1000 yards rushing for the season in last week's loss to Bixby. 

    After last week's loss to BTW, Bartlesville will be looking to prove themselves before the playoffs. They should have no problem riding a 3-0 streak into the post season, but how they get those wins will be the true judge of their playoff-potential.

    The pick: Bartlesville 47, Sapulpa 20.

    #4 Charles Page (3-3, 3-1) District 1

    #6 Muskogee (3-4, 3-1) District 1

    The second-biggest game of the week will be in Sand Springs, and while the Bixby vs BTW game will be the most exciting, this game will have the most playoff implications. Unless something crazy happens, it looks like BTW, Bville, and Bixby have the top three spots locked up, so the Sandites and Roughers will be battling it out for the bottom-seed. The Sandites have one of the top ranked defenses in the state and get the home-field advantage. While Sand Springs has won 47% of games under Dustin Kinard, they've won 57% of home games.

    Both teams tend to keep a pretty even pass-rush split. Sandite QB Hunter Greathouse should surpass 1000 season-passing yards this game while runningbacks Payton Scott and Lane Lettich will both likely pass 500 rushing yards.

    The pick: CPHS 35, Muskogee 21

    #5 Lawton (5-1, 4-0) District 2

    TX #754 Triple A Academy (4-4)

    The Wolverines get a bye week not just from district play, but from challenging play, as they travel to Texas to take on Triple A Academy.

    The pick: Lawton 61, Triple A 7.

    #7 Stillwater (3-4, 2-1) District 2

    #9 Putnam City West (3-4, 1-2) District 2

    This is another either-or game with the potential to throw things around in District 2. The West side of the state is a lot less settled than the Tulsa Metro and Lawton is the only clear top dog. Three weeks ago I would have picked PCW hands down. Now I'm not so sure either way. PCW had the more decisive victory over Choctaw, but Stillwater pulled off an upset over Midwest City, while PCW was floored. PCW lost by more points to Lawton, but Stillwater was shut out. 

    I'm calling this game a shootout with Stillwater pulling it off by a late-fourth field goal for the win, but I'm prepared to be wrong.

    The pick: Stillwater 38, PCW 36

    #8 Midwest City (5-2, 3-1) District 2

    #12 Choctaw (4-3, 2-2) District 2

    MWC pretty much has playoffs locked in, despite an upset by Stillwater. But if they let a game go to the Pioneers then I wouldn't be surprised at all if whatever went wrong there continues to go wrong this week. Stillwater barely held off a last minute surge by Choctaw last week and I think after this game we'll see that the Bombers loss to the Pioneers was just a fluke. Or we could see Choctaw rallying for a late-season attempt at the playoffs.

    The pick: MWC 27, Choctaw 13.

    #10 Ponca City (1-5, 0-4) District 1

    #11 Claremore (2-5, 0-4) District 1

    Its the battle for the bottom spot in District 1. The only reason I have Ponca ahead of Claremore is because so many of Claremore's starters are injured, including their starting quarterback. While Noah Grimett has been a great fill-in for the Zebras, ultimately I see this one going to the Wildcats.

    The pick: Ponca 44, Claremore 30

    #14 Enid (1-6, 0-3) District 2

    #15 Eisenhower (0-7, 0-3) District 2

    These two teams will be battling it out to see who gets stuck with the title of "worst team in 6A." It may sound harsh, but it's a position somebody has to occupy. Not everybody gets a trophy in this sport--not yet anyway. 

    The pick: Enid 27, Ike 16. 

    My Record

    • Week 1: 10-2 (.833)
    • Week 2: 12-2 (.857)
    • Week 3: 6-3 (.666)
    • Week 4: 6-2 (.750)
    • Week 5: 5-3 (.625)
    • Week 6: 8-0 (1.00)
    • Week 7: 8-0 (1.00)
    • Overall: 55-12 (.820)

     

    Week 7 Roundup

    By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

    #1 Booker T Washington (6-0, 4-0) District 1

    #2 Bartlesville (6-1, 3-1) District 1

    The biggest match-up of the season thus-far came down to a field goal. Bartlesville took to the air, completing 11 of 17 for 194 against Booker T's 7 of 15 for 91. The Hornet ground game amassed a stellar 215 against Bartlesville's 84. Washington gave up 23 more yards to penalties than the Bruins, but Bville gave up a key fumble on the Hornet 7 yard line with less than three minutes remaining--and it would end up costing them the game as Booker T sank a field goal with 7 seconds left.

    The pick: Booker T 21, Bartlesville 14

    Results: Booker T 17, Bartlesville 14.

    #3 Bixby (5-2, 3-1) District 1

    #13 Sapulpa (1-5, 0-4) District 1

    Bixby's missing several starters who were suspended for underage drinking a few weeks ago, and Nic Roller, their stud runningback, continues to be hampered by recent surgery. He was recovered enough to play, but he didn't amass nearly the yardage he normally does. Believe it or not, 116 yards on 11 carries is subpar for this beast. All of that combined, and this incredible Bixby team still scored the second-most points against Sapulpa of any team this season. QB Tanner Griffin passed for 296 yards as the Spartans "dined in Hell" against Sapulpa. 

    The pick: Bixby 53, Sapulpa 7

    Results: Bixby 53, Sapulpa 17.

    #4 Charles Page (3-3, 3-1) District 1

    #10 Ponca City (1-5, 0-4) District 1

    I made it to 18-straight Sandite games before I finally had to miss this one because our Lady Softballers were at State. Apparently it was a hell of a game to miss. Greathouse was solid passing, as always, connecting on 10 of 16 for 128. The real show was in the rush game. Payton Scott carried for 200 yards and two touchdowns, followed by Lane Lettich with 117 and one TD. Overall the Sandites had a massive 528 yards-total-offense and the D gave up a stingy 149 for only two touchdowns. 

    The pick: CPHS 35, Ponca 13

    Results: CPHS 44, Ponca 21.

    #5 Lawton (5-1, 4-0) District 2

    #15 Eisenhower (0-7, 0-3) District 2

    It started as a close game between the two in-town rivals, but eventually the Wolverines pulled ahead for a blowout. Ike struck first on a two yard run, and only trailed 15-7 going into the half, but the dominant team found their feet in the second half.

    The pick: Lawton 49, Ike 13.

    Restults: Lawton 43, Ike 7. 

    #6 Muskogee (3-4, 3-1) District 1

    #11 Claremore (2-5, 0-4) District 1

    The Roughers are finally finding their feet under second-year coach Rafe Watkins, winning 3 of their last 4 games. Unless they pull off an upset against Sand Springs this week, they'll likely finish the season with the same record as last year. The losses have all been a lot closer, however, and the wins have been more punishing. Muskogee got nearly twice the yards-per-carry as Claremore, and despite completing less than half of all passes, they still gained just under 200 yards-by-air. 

    The pick: Muskogee 17, Claremore 14

    Results: Muskogee 38, Claremore 8

    #7 Stillwater (3-4, 2-1) District 2

    #12 Choctaw (4-3, 2-2) District 2

    This game came down to the wire, and nobody saw it coming. With a 30-13 lead and only two minutes left, it seemed like the Pioneers had it all wrapped up. Choctaw wasn't done fighting, however, and marched 80 yards in 10 plays for a touchdown, then recovered the ensuing onside kick. The next play was a touchdown followed by a conversion. Stillwater barely held on as the next onside kick traveled out of bounds and they were able to assume victory formation.

    The pick: Stillwater 35, Choctaw 13

    Results: Stillwater 30, Choctaw 27

    #8 Midwest City (5-2, 3-1) District 2

    #9 Putnam City West (3-4, 1-2) District 2

    The Bombers pretty much locked in another playoff appearance in knocking down PCW.

    The pick: MWC 14, PCW 13.

    Results: MWC 33, PCW 14.

    #14 Enid (1-6, 0-3) District 2

    The Plainsmen just can't catch a break. With a bye-week from district play, Enid took on 5A unranked Tahlequah and were easily handed. The only win for Enid comes from a forfeiture-by-technicality. 

    The pick: Tahlequah 28, Enid 14

    Results: Tahlequah 44, Enid 21.

    My Record

    • Week 1: 10-2 (.833)
    • Week 2: 12-2 (.857)
    • Week 3: 6-3 (.666)
    • Week 4: 6-2 (.750)
    • Week 5: 5-3 (.625)
    • Week 6: 8-0 (1.00)
    • Week 7: 8-0 (1.00)
    • Overall: 55-12 (.820)

     

    Week 6 Roundup

    By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

    #1 Booker T Washington (5-0, 3-0) District 1

    #10 Claremore (2-4, 0-3) District 1

    No surprise here, the Hornets registered yet another dominating win, their first shut out of the season, over Claremore. OSU-commit Justice Hill rushed for 276 yards and five touchdowns and personally registered more than double Claremore's total yardage. 

    The pick: BTW 52, Claremore 3

    Results, BTW 40, Claremore 0. 

    #2 Bartlesville (6-0, 3-0) District 1

    #6 Muskogee (2-4, 2-1) District 1

    Bartlesville keeps on winning, but they keep doing it sloppily and last minute. Simply looking at the score and you'd think it was a Bartlesville slaughter, but believe it or not, the Roughers led 21-7 at one point. Statistically, the teams were neck-and-neck and it looks like Rafe Watkins might finally be whipping the Roughers into shape. Muskogee could very well be shaping up to be a major contender next year.

    The pick: Bartlesville 54, Muskogee 14

    Results: Bartlesville 48, Muskogee 27

    #3 Bixby (4-2, 2-1) District 1

    #12 Ponca City (1-4, 0-3) District 1

    Oh how the mighty keep falling. The Spartans were without go-to running back Nic Roller for most of the night, and while they firmly routed the Wildcats, it was far from the devastation that was expected of the former number one team. The defending state champions are far from out of contention for a playoff-repeat, but they need to get their stuff together quick. 

    The pick: Bixby 47, Ponca 6

    Results: Bixby 43, Ponca 21

    #4 Sand Springs (2-3, 2-1) District 1

    #13 Sapulpa (1-4, 0-3) District 1

    Yet another exciting installment of the greatest rivalry in Oklahoma. Between QB Hunter Greathouse's 181 passing yards and Lane Lettich's 116 rushing yards, the Sandites dominated in air and on land, and the defense was outstanding as well, with numerous interceptions and fumble recoveries. 

    The pick: Sand Springs 42, Sapulpa 35

    Results: Sand Springs 44, Sapulpa 10. 

    #5 Lawton (4-1, 3-0) District 2

    #8 Stillwater (2-4, 1-1) District 2

    Just when I thought Stillwater was starting to make a come-back, they go and get shut out. Four different Lawton players crossed the hundred-yard mark against Stillwater as the top team in District 2 affirmed their position.

    The pick: Lawton 35, Stillwater 14

    Results: Lawton 24, Stillwater 0

    #7 Putnam City West (3-3, 1-1) District 2

    5A Capitol Hill (1-5) 

    Not going to lie, I'm jealous that District 2 gets to explore a little more. Non-district games are a lot more exciting to me. What I don't understand is why they waste their time with teams their JV could stomp. 

    The pick: PCW 42, Capitol 7

    Results: PCW 56, Capitol 0

    #9 Midwest City (4-2, 2-1) District 2

    #14 Enid (1-5, 0-3) District 2

    Enid just keeps getting floored, and Midwest City found their feet after being upset last week by Stillwater.

    The pick: MWC 35, Enid 12

    Results: MWC 38, Enid 6

    #11 Choctaw (4-2, 2-1) District 2

    #15 Eisenhower (0-6, 0-2) District 2

    The pick: Choctaw 38, Eisenhower 15

    Results: Choctaw 59, Ike 27.

    My Record

    • Week 1: 10-2 (.833)
    • Week 2: 12-2 (.857)
    • Week 3: 6-3 (.666)
    • Week 4: 6-2 (.750)
    • Week 5: 5-3 (.625)
    • Week 6: 8-0 (1.00)
    • Overall: 47-12 (.796)

     

    Week 5 Roundup

    By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

    #1 BOOKER T WASHINGTON (5-0, 2-0) DISTRICT 1

    #13 SAPULPA (1-3, 0-2) DISTRICT 1

    Booker T is off to a great start this year, putting up more than 60 points in each of their last three games and totally dominating both sides of the ball. Still undefeated two weeks into districts, their next big challenge will come in week 7 against Bartlesville. 

    Sapulpa looks to be better than last year, but is still rebuilding from the ground up. We may see a solid state contender in years to come, but this year I'll be impressed if they win a single game in district play.

    The pick: BTW 54, Sapulpa 12

    Results: BTW 63, Sapulpa 24

    #2 BIXBY (3-2, 1-1) DISTRICT 1

    #3 BARTLESVILLE (5-0, 2-0) DISTRICT 1

    Bartlesville pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the season thus far with a  come-from-behind victory over the defending State Champions. The Bruins and the Hornets are the only undefeated teams left in 6A-II and will likely remain so until they meet each other in week 7. Nic Roller, the difference maker in most Bixby games, rushed for two touchdowns before Bartlesville got on the board and eventually tied it up 21-21 in the third period and led from there onward. Bixby relied on a pass-heavy offense with QB Tanner Griffin throwing 51% for 315 yards. Usually the Spartans are the ones dominating the ground game due to Roller, but this week it was the Bruins with 200 yards rushing in addition to their 226 passing yards.

    The pick: Bixby 47, Bartlesville 35.

    Results: Bartlesville 55, Bixby 33.

    #4 SAND SPRINGS (1-3, 1-1) DISTRICT 1

    #9 CLAREMORE (2-3, 0-2) DISTRICT 1

    Sand Springs had a rough week, forfeiting both of their wins due to the discovery of an ineligible transfer student, but they didn't let it get them down. The Sandites dominated the ground and the air at their homecoming and reminded the Zebras that their 0-3 record was merely technical. The Sandites had a  slight edge on the Zebras offensively, but the defense is where Sand Springs always shows off their talent, snagging two fumbles and leading in tackles for loss. 

    A lot can be said for Claremore for even showing up after the beating Bixby put on them. Not only did they put up 27 points against the State Champions last week, but they were right behind Sand Springs this week in total offense despite being without their starting quarterback, their leading rusher, their star defensive tackle, and several other key players. While they are still looking for a district win and probably won't get one next week (against BTW) either, they shouldn't be discounted as an all around solid-team, especially once they get their main players back next week. 

    The Pick: Sand Springs 21, Claremore 13.

    Results: Sand Springs 27, Claremore 7.

    #5 MIDWEST CITY (3-2, 1-1) DISTRICT 2

    #15 STILLWATER (2-3, 1-0) DISTRICT 2

    Please excuse me for a moment while I extract the foot from my mouth and make room to eat my words. A completely unexpected tie game came down to the wire between these two teams and Stillwater snatched the victory as the clock hit 0:00 on a career-long 46-yard field goal by Zach Bryant. Midwest City ended the first half of their homecoming scoreless with only one first down and an impressive rally in the second half was not enough to overcome the upset. 

    The Pick: MWC 41, Stillwater 10.

    Results: Stillwater 25, MWC 22.

    #6 LAWTON (3-1, 2-0) DISTRICT 2

    #12 ENID (1-4, 0-2) DISTRICT 2

    After those first two upsets, I'm glad Lawton scratched my back on this game. The Wolverines relied on a ground-heavy game, rushing for 460 yards of 577 total offense against Enid's 387 total yardage. Lawton lead with a 36-point first-half shut-out and the Plainsmen didn't get on the board till a kickoff fumble recovery lead to a 3-yard Devin Pratt run. 

    The Pick: Lawton 52, Enid 12.

    Results: Lawton 60, Enid 26.

    #7 CHOCTAW (3-2, 1-1) DISTRICT 2

    #10 PUTNAM CITY WEST (2-3, 1-1) DISTRICT 2

    While I didn't actually pick PCW to win this game, I did say "if I had to pick an upset for this week, this would be it." Now I'm wishing I had gone with my instincts as the Patriots not only pulled ahead, but put distance on the Yellowjackets.

    The Pick: Choctaw 28, PCW 21. 

    Results: PCW 32, Choctaw 21.

    #8 MUSKOGEE (2-3, 2-0) DISTRICT 1

    #11 PONCA CITY (1-3, 0-2) DISTRICT 1

    For the second week in a row, the Roughers were just shy of 500 yards-total-offense in their homecoming win over Ponca. 

    The Pick: Muskogee 35, Ponca 14.

    Results: Muskogee 42, Ponca 13.

    #14 EISENHOWER (0-5, 0-1) DISTRICT 2

    5A #69 CANYON, TEXAS (3-1)

    The Eagles traveled 224 miles looking for a win, but all they found was 442 yards of total offense and a whole mess of touchdowns. 

    The Pick: Canyon 35, Ike 6.

    Results: Canyon 48, Ike 6.

    My Record

    • Week 1: 10-2 (.833)
    • Week 2: 12-2 (.857)
    • Week 3: 6-3 (.666)
    • Week 4: 6-2 (.750)
    • Week 5: 5-3 (.625)
    • Overall: 39-12 (.764)

    Week 5 Predictions

    By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

    #1 Booker T Washington (4-0, 2-0) District 1

    #13 Sapulpa (1-3, 0-2) District 1

    Booker T is off to a great start this year, putting up more than 60 points in each of their last three games and totally dominating both sides of the ball. Still undefeated two weeks into districts, their next big challenge will come in week 7 against Bartlesville.

    Sapulpa looks to be better than last year, but is still rebuilding from the ground up. We may see a solid state contender in years to come, but this year I’ll be impressed if they win a single game in district play.

    Thursday night results: BTW 63, Sapulpa 24.

    #2 Bixby (3-1, 1-0) District 1

    #3 Bartlesville (4-0, 1-0) District 1

    Bixby doesn’t look quite as hot as last year, and in last week’s game against Claremore we saw how much of a difference maker Nic Roller is. He’s expected to be back this week against Bartlesville, otherwise my pick would be quite different. Bixby better hope nothing happens to him this season or they may find themselves in the same spot Sand Springs did last year.

    Bartlesville definitely overcame my expectations last week against Sand Springs. Their offense has been touted as the best in the division, and it definitely overcame the Sandites’ famous defense. What hasn’t been talked about as much is the Bruin defense. While the Spartans are lightyears beyond anything Bartlesville has encountered thus far, the Bruins still managed to hold Sand Springs to 117 yards of total offense. I expect a shootout, but I said the same thing last week.

    The pick: Bixby 47, Bartlesville 35.

    #4 Sand Springs (0-3, 0-1) District 1

    #9 Claremore (2-2, 0-1) District 1

    Don’t let the Sand Springs record fool you. Two of those games were won on the field and forfeited this week due to the discovery of an ineligible transfer student. The week 3 game was almost a certain Sandite victory, had it not been cancelled halfway through the second quarter due to lightning. The Sandite offense may not be as good as last year, but the defense is as good as ever.

    Last week we saw why the Claremore Zebras are red, and the reason is because they’re out for blood. They put up 27 points last week against the defending state champs, and this week they’re looking to avenge the 17-0 homecoming shutout we hit them with last year.

    The pick: Sand Springs 21, Claremore 13

    #5 Midwest City (3-1, 1-0) District 2

    #15 Stillwater (1-3, 0-0) District 2

    If there was a single safe-bet game this week, it would be this one. The Bombers are dropping bombs all over their opponents and the Pioneers are easy targets. MWC’s only loss is to top ranked BTW and they had the closest game of any of the Hornet’s opponents. Stillwater’s only win is against a team that’s only won six games in the last twelve years.

    The pick: Midwest City 41, Stillwater 10.

    #6 Lawton (2-1, 1-0) District 2

    #12 Enid (1-3, 0-1) District 2

    All I have to say about these teams is that Enid’s only win was a forfeit that was lost on the field 33-7. They haven’t gotten within a touchdown of a single opponent thus far and Lawton’s won by a minimum of 20 points in every game but their hometown rivalry loss to MacArthur.

    The pick: Lawton 52, Enid 12.

    #7 Choctaw (3-1, 1-0) District 2

    #10 Putnam City West (1-3, 0-1) District 2

    Choctaw failed to put the hurting on Enid that I expected and PCW’s actually putting up some decent numbers despite their losses. I wouldn’t call it a toss-up per se, but if I had to pick an upset for this week, this would be it.

    The pick: Choctaw 28, PCW 21.

    #8 Muskogee (1-3, 1-0) District 1

    #11 Ponca City (1-2, 0-1) District 1

    Muskogee’s doing about the same as last season and probably nowhere near as good as they were hoping to do in their second year under 4-time 5A State Championship-winning coach Rafe Watkins. Luckily for them, Ponca City’s doing about as bad as Ponca City always does.

    The pick: Muskogee 35, Ponca 14

    #14 Eisenhower (0-4, 0-1) District 2

    5A #69 Canyon, Texas (3-1)

    I don’t know jack diddly squat about Texas football, but I do know that Eisenhower is nothing to worry about this year. I’m definitely jealous that District 2 has one less week of district games. I love getting to take on new teams and see our boys travel a bit.

    The pick: Canyon 35, Ike 6.

    My Record

    • Week 1: 10-2 (.833)
    • Week 2: 12-2 (.857)
    • Week 3: 6-3 (.666)
    • Week 4: 6-2 (.750)
    • Overall: 34-9 (.790)

    Week 4 6A-II Roundup

    By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

    #1 Charles Page (2-1, 0-1) District 1

    #5 Bartlesville (4-0, 1-0) District 1

    The Sandites were on fire in the first three games of the season, but were no match for their district-opening matchup against Bartlesville. In years past, the Sandites have lost games due to sloppy mistakes and inconsistency. This was not one of those games. CPHS gave a solid performance on all fronts that would have been a beat down on any other team. Bartlesville was reported to have the best offense in the state going into the game; the Sandites are known to have the best defense. The Bruin defense, however, was grossly underestimated, putting up major stops against the Sandites through the whole game and held them to only 7 first downs.

    My pick was CPHS 46, BHS 35.

    The final score was BHS 24, CPHS 7.

    #2 Bixby (3-1, 1-0) District 1

    #10 Claremore (2-2, 0-1) District 1

    Bixby has been the team to beat this season, and it looked like Claremore might actually pull it off. The Spartans were without their star running back, Nic Roller, and leading receiver, Cade Cabbiness. The Red Zebras not only kept neck-and-neck with the defending state champions, but even lead 24-21 midway through the third, before the Spartans found their mojo and scored 23 unanswered points to end the game.

    My pick was Bixby 52, Claremore 3.

    The final score was Bixby 47, Claremore 27.

    #3 Booker T Washington (3-0, 1-0) District 1

    #9 Ponca City (1-2, 0-1) District 1

    The BTW Hornets rained hellfire down on the Wildcats, ruining their homecoming and bringing a total slaughter. The home team managed only nine first downs for one touchdown, while their visitors accumulated nearly 500 yards of total offense for their best score of the season.

    My pick was BTW 42, Ponca 13.

    The final score was BTW 68, Ponca 7.

    #4 Midwest City (3-1, 1-0) District 2

    #14 Eisenhower (0-4, 0-1) District 2

    The MWC Bombers easily dominated Lawton Ike, taking a 22-0 lead before the game was stalled for an hour due to lightening. It's unfortunate for the Eagles that the game wasn't cancelled all-together. 

    My pick was MWC 28, Ike 6.

    The final score was MWC 47, Ike 8.

    #6 Choctaw (3-1, 1-0) District 2

    #12 Enid (0-4, 0-0) District 2

    Enid fared better than expected against the Chcotaw Yellowjackets than I expected them to, but were still unable to break their season-long losing streak. Darian Groins threw for three touchdowns and at one point closed the gap to 23-21 before the visitors pulled away for the win.

    My pick was Choctaw 38, Enid 12.

    The final score was Choctaw 37, Enid 28.

    #7 Muskogee (1-3, 1-0) District 1

    #13 Sapulpa (1-2, 0-1) District 1

    The Rougers finally registered their first win of the season in a district opener at Sapulpa's homecoming. Sapulpan Senior Tom Schadel suffered a broken leg that will sideline him for the season, along with Trey Bilby who broke his in week 1. The Chieftains scored first on a 24 yard run by Dae Williams, but Muskogee returned 34 straight points before Williams found the endzone again. 

    My pick was Muskogee 35, Sapulpa 12.

    The final score was Muskogee 41, Sapulpa 29.

    #8 Putnam City West (1-3, 0-1) District 2

    #11 Lawton (2-1, 1-0) District 2

    PCW has been on the rebound as a team from previous awful years, and managed to stay neck and neck with the Wolverines in a first quarter shootout, but after Lawton's Levi Cain picked off a pass from Trey Gooch, there was no stopping them from reasserting themselves as a dominant power in District 2 after a rocky start to the season.

    My pick was PCW 31, Lawton 28.

    The final score was Lawton 57, PCW 20. 

    #15 Stillwater (1-3, 0-0) District 2

    Stillwater was the only team not to start distrcit play this week, instead taking on U.S. Grant for Homecoming. Both teams entered the game win-less, but Stillwater asserted themselves as the dominant force early on and hopes to ride that momentum into district play next week.

    My pick was Stillwater 29, Grant 14.

    The final score was Stillwater 49, Grant 6.

    My Record

    • Week 1: 10-2 (.833)
    • Week 2: 12-2 (.857)
    • Week 3: 6-3 (.666)
    • Week 4: 6-2 (.750)
    • Overall: 34-9 (.790)